History Lesson || Why Women Of Color In The 1800s Were Banned From Wearing Their Hair Out In Public

BGLH writes:

“Did you know that in late 18th century Louisiana, black and multiracial women were ordered to cover their hair in public?” My sister asked me.

“WOW. Really?” I replied.

I’d probably heard of this in one of my black studies classes in undergrad, but who remembers everything they’ve been taught? Besides, this information felt instantly relevant and I was absolutely intrigued.

With a little digging I found that there was in fact a “law” of sorts that demanded women of color in Louisiana to cover their hair with a fabric cloth starting in 1789 as a part of what was called the Bando du buen gobierno (Edict for Good Government).  What these rules were meant to do was try to curtail the growing influence of the free black population and keep the social order of the time. The edict included sections specifically about the changing of certain “unacceptable” behaviors of the free black women in the colony including putting an end to what he and others believed to be the overly ostentatious hairstyles of these ladies which drew the attention of white men, and the jealousy of white women. These rules are called the “Tignon Laws” A tignon (pronounced “tiyon”) is a headdress.

Read more here.

I Need Some Great Natural Hair Blogs

I’ve been growing my hair out since Feb of last year and this has been a struggle. I have no clue what my hair wants :( So I need some guidance…

I found HeyFranHey just last night and that blog is amazing. I wonder if there is more…

Care to share some great natural hair blogs or even personal tips, if you have any?


Ineffective Ways You Could Be Moisturizing Your Hair

"If you are experiencing breakage, you must find the cause. I came up with a list of ineffective ways you could be moisturizing your hair. I also discovered some I didn’t know from Black Girl Long Hair. They’re a great resource for natural haircare.”

Via Chime Edwards


Does your hair growth seem stunted no matter what you use? Are you struggling to keep your scalp moisturized and itch-free? Long, shiny and beautiful hair starts at the scalp! This video will show you my All-Natural Hair & Scalp Cleansing Regimen to help keep your scalp healthy and in turn help your hair retain moisture, length, fullness and shine. This 4-step beauty regimen will leave your hair looking lush and amazing almost immediately! You just need Unrefined Coconut Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, the White Camellia conditioner by Aubrey Organics and the Anti-Breakage Yucca Masque by Shea Moisture. Interested in hearing how and why? Watch the tutorial for more information!

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Whipped Coconut Oil Pre-Poo Treatment

My Natural Sistas write:

Here’s a super easy and affordable Do-It-Yourself Pre-Poo (deep treatment before cleansing hair) for dry natural hair. Coconut Oil is great because it has been proven to actually penetrate the hair and reduce breakage by protecting the hair from hydral fatigue and protein loss during your wash regimen.

Shea Moisture recently released a Manuka Honey & Mafura line (as well as a Jamaican Black Castor Oil line) that I’m sincerely in love with.

Manuka benefits for hair: aids in the regrowth of thinning hair, prevents dry scalp and build up and dope for shine and combatting frizz.

Mafura benefits for hair: Contains essential fatty acids that are known to strengthen, deeply moisturize and soften dry hair. Also has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties for a healthier scalp.

In other words? Your hair health, scalp health and growth are about to be on 10! I’ve been using the conditioner and deep conditioner once a week followed by the Alikay Naturals Lemongrass leave-in (finger raked into freshly washed, soaking wet hair) and then a layer of their Shea Yogurt Moisturizer on top, to seal it all in (Discussed this organic brand a few months back. Here)

Both lines were purchased at Target! The weather is changing up so this is my go-to healthy hair regimen for the cooler temps.

P.S. ALL of these smell like absolute heaven on earth. Seriously.

Have any of you tried these products? Thoughts?

How Focusing On Hair Porosity This Winter Can Lead To Healthier Longer Hair

Black Girl Long Hair writes:

When I began researching natural hair porosity, it was like glitter rained down from the sky and I truly began to figure out my hair. I found focusing on porosity to be much more helpful than relying on curl pattern. For those of you unfamiliar, porosity is how well your hair absorbs and holds onto moisture.

As the seasons change, you might need to make some changes to your regimen due to lower temperatures and dew points. Low porosity hair often has trouble absorbing moisture, while high porosity hair has issues retaining moisture. This may become even more of an issue when it gets cold and dry outside. Modification of your hair regimen should typically depend on your local climate. For instance, in Los Angeles, I never really had an issue or needed to re-assess my regimen for my porosity because the weather is pretty mild year-round. But on the East Coast, the quickly falling temps (Seriously, 50 degrees in October? Sigh.) make some regimen tweaks necessary.

Read more info on Hair Porosity and Regimen Tips here.


New Video || DIY All-Natural, Raw & Organic Hair Butter For Winter

The temperatures have officially dropped! That means it’s time to pull out the thicker hair butters and creams to protect our natural strands from harsh winds. An even cooler idea would be to make our own at home, using all-natural ingredients and a blender! No stove. No heat. No fuss. And you’ll be finished in 5-minutes, tops!

This recipe focuses on hair growth, dry, itchy scalp, moisture and sealing.

I hope you love it! Let me know!

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Natural Hair || 3 DIY Moisturizer Recipes For Winter

Black Girl with Long Hair writes:

Winter will officially arrive this month, and as naturals, we want to be ready. Part of that preparation is finding an adequate moisturizer. If your current product isn’t cutting it and you’d like to try something homemade, here are a few worth mixing:

1. Creamy Shea Moisturizer

– ½ cup unrefined shea butter
– ½ cup creamy leave-in conditioner (e.g., Oyin Hair Dew)
– 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Soften the shea butter slightly in a pot on the stove or by warming over a hot water bath. (Do not melt the butter entirely.) Whip the butter with a hand mixer on low/medium speed until fluffy. Then whip the creamy leave-in conditioner and olive oil into the shea butter. Cover the mixture and store in a dry cool place. Shelf life: about 3-6 months.

Find more recipes here


Are you struggling to retain moisture in your hair? Is your hair growth “stunted”? Can’t seem to find the right combination of products to give you that long-lasting softness, definition and shine? This video shows you my 4-step wash & go regimen to help you achieve that beautiful lush hair you’re looking for! 3 super healthy, affordable and easily accessible products. Watch the video above for the explanation and step-by-step tutorial! Hope it’s helpful <3

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6 Ways To Use Apple Cider Vinegar On Natural Hair

BGLH writes:

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has long been used as a natural hair care product to promote healthy hair in both men and women. The acidity is close to that of natural hair, it’s a good conditioner, cleansing agent and an effective germ killer.

As a result, apple cider vinegar uses and benefits for the hair include:

  1. Vinegar hair rinse
  2. Hair Herbal rinse
  3. Essential oil vinegar hair rinse
  4. Dandruff and itchy scalp relief
  5. Natural hair loss treatment
  6. Home Remedy for head Lice

Find the 6 all-natural rinse recipes here.

How I Refresh My Curls In The Morning

Shinestruck writes:

Sometimes your hair can leave you all frazzled after thinking your wash & go is all preserved for the next day. In this video, I will show you how to refresh your curls! enjoy! =D

Watch the 2-minute natural hair tutorial here.

Natural Hair || How My Hair Growth Took Off When I Started Using Natural, Raw Ingredients

BGLH writes:

I remember watching Kimmaytube on YouTube as she was discussing the pH balance of hair and how it is important to use products that are close to the same ph as our curly hair which is between 4.5 and 5.5. Using hair products that are similar in pH cause the cuticle to remain closed, thus reducing frizz, increasing shine and softness. As soon as I heard this, I was scouring British Curlies Website, (back then this was the only place us UK naturals could get US products from) for the Ph balanced hair products.

The only pH balanced products I found during that time were from the Komaza Care product line. So, with my uncontrollable product junkie self, I purchased the shampoo, conditioner, leave-in, moisturizer and styler from the Califa Care line which is for thick kinky hair. I wasn’t playing! I wanted my hair to grow and be healthy.

After the first use, I realized products that are predominantly made with natural ingredients suited my hair. It was amazing. My hair had never felt so good. Purchasing those products was the best decision I could have made in my healthy hair care journey. I noticed a tremendous difference in the softness, pliability and increased health to my hair.

Read the rest here.


Are you struggling with a super dry and itchy scalp? Or dandruff? Can’t seem to find any relief or long-lasting moisture no matter what you use? Try this all-natural DIY scalp treatment using 3 ingredients! Super clean, quick and easy to make! All you need: Oatmeal, Nutmeg and 2 Bananas. Interested in hearing why and how? Watch the video for more information! Remember, your hair can’t grow properly without a healthy scalp! I hope you love it <3

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Natural Hair || DIY Leave-In Detangler

My Natural Sistas writes:

I LOVE this easy Do It Yourself detangler! It gives my natural hair lots of slip, shine, and a slight hold. I also love that all of the ingredients are natural! Hope you enjoy the video & recipe!

Let me know if it works for you if you decide to give it a try :)


3 Ways To Safely Finger-Detangle & Remove Knots

"Instead of using combs and brushes to detangle curly natural hair, opt for finger detangling! It’s much more gentle, decreases the chance of unnecessary breakage, and is surprisingly, very easy! I’m going to show you the 3 ways that I gently finger detangle my curly natural hair, for different reasons and applications! I hope it helps!"

Via Naptural85


DIY Dry Hair Recovery Masque

"This Hair Masque helps every type of hair not just curly or damaged hair. Try it for yourself and see how amazing your hair will feel and look."

Via SunKissAlba